Unless otherwise noted
Acoustic Cafe
concerts are presented in the
Lower Gathering Space of
Our Lady of Mercy Church at
2 Fremont Road,
Park Ridge, NJ.

Entrance to Gathering Space is from the rear parking lot.

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The Acoustic Cafe
is a live music venue
presenting local,
independent and nationally touring performers.
It is a non-profit organization
and 100% volunteer operated. Seating is first come, first served.

Refreshments are available.


"Pascack Valley's
Premier Concert Venue"




4PM Sunday, February 16, 2020

Vance Gilbert (Doors at 3:30PM )

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking 'em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert's stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he’s the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.

Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert's approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. Gilbert's compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller's craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album. How rounded is that?


opening for Vance

Sophie Buskin

Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Sophie Buskin is a 2019 Nerfa Formal Showcase artist and a 2019 Kerrville New Folk Finalist. Her first solo release, Sweet Creature, has garnered airplay on folk radio and is a testament to her ongoing journey of artistic self discovery.

Oh, my God... she is amazing! This CD should be everywhere!”
- Judy Collins


$18 online / $21 at door




T I C K E T   I N F O R M A T I O N
Tickets may be purchased in advance
or at the door.

All tickets are general admission -
there is no reserved seating.

T I C K E T S   O N L I N E
Tickets may be purchased in advance by credit card or PayPal and will be held at the door . Seller is the Acoustic Music Agency.

All online orders will be sent confirmation by email.
Please bring to the show a printout of the email or of your Paypal receipt
Advance ticket sales end the evening before the concert.

Tickets are not exchangeable and non-refundable. If a show is cancelled, special arrangements will be made and posted on this site.

c o n t a c t          acousticcafe@optimum.net        201-573-0718


The Haiti Connection

Our Lady of Mercy Parish has a “twinning” relationship with St. Vincent’s Parish in Vallieres, Haiti and has established a scholarship program which helps eligible children in Vallieres to achieve the equivalent of a high school education.

Proceeds from our concerts benefit this schoalrship fund as well as humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti in general.